For many, staying in shape and finding the right exercises for their abilities can be difficult. Many states have been under stay at home orders for the past few months. While some states are starting to reopen, there may still be regulations regarding group activities. This can affect fitness classes and sports teams. However, there is good news. Although playing a team sport may not be on the table, there are individualized sports that you can participate in while keeping in shape.
Adaptive Mountain Biking
Even if your state is under a stay-at-home order, residents may be allowed to spend time outside. If you like the outdoors, consider mountain biking. You can try downhill mountain biking, for an adrenaline rush, or cross-country mountain biking, depending on your preferences. There are different styles of mountain bikes that accommodate riders who cannot ride a standard mountain bike, and require adapted equipment tailored to their physical, intellectual, neurological and sensory abilities. Check out our article on adaptive mountain biking to learn more about the types of mountain biking, styles of mountain bikes, and trails where you can ride.
Do you live near the ocean? With nicer weather coming and beaches reopening in some states, it’s possible that you can go surfing. Surfing has been adapted for wheelchair users so that people of all abilities can participate. The nice thing about surfing is that you can do it on your own, allowing you to practice social distancing while getting a good workout and having fun. In order to go surfing, there are a few things you may need. Read our article about adaptive surfing to learn more.
Adaptive Water Skiing
If you don’t live near the ocean or mountains but you live near a calmer body of water, you can try adaptive water skiing. All you need is a body of water than can accommodate a high-speed boat. Similar to adaptive mountain biking, there is a variety of adaptive equipment available that allows people of all ages and abilities to experience this fast-paced sport. After taking a few lessons and getting the basics down, water skiers can continue to participate along with their friends and family, making this an attractive sport. What’s more, you can keep your distance from the person driving the boat, allowing you to have a good time with loved ones at a safe distance. Learn more about adaptive water skiing.
Now that the weather is getting nicer, you don’t have to be limited to your house. There are plenty of fun, exciting ways to stay in shape while enjoying the outdoors. If you haven’t tried these sports before, now is the perfect time to try something new. It may just become your new favorite pastime.